Jessica Vega Pederson

Jessica Vega Pederson

Multnomah County

County Chair

Why I'm running.

We face unprecedented challenges: houselessness, gun violence, a growing economic divide. We need a leader up to successfully tackle these complex issues and improve the lives of working families. I’m the only candidate in this race with a record of collaboration and policy-making that’s achieved game-changing results, including passing gun safety legislation, paid sick leave and eliminating coal from Oregon’s energy mix. I built trust between a proposed shelter and frustrated neighbors that now serves as the model for siting shelters and led a coalition of parents, providers, and businesses to pass Preschool for All.

My top 3 priorities.

My top priorities will be:
Addressing our homelessness crisis through a comprehensive response focused on keeping people housed, helping people off our streets, and ensuring access to services.
Tackling the surge in gun violence by investing in proven models of violence prevention.
Improving our behavioral health and addiction treatment services.

Why voters should choose me.

I’m the only candidate in this race with a proven record of achieving significant policy wins. As a state legislator I fought for paid sick leave, a higher minimum wage, and groundbreaking clean energy legislation. As a county commissioner I led passage of Preschool for All, a nationally heralded model that will ensure universal quality preschool and living wages for workers.

I’ve been endorsed by former Governor Barbara Roberts, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, AFSCME, OLCV, Building Trades, PAT, and dozens of other organizations, elected officials, and community leaders. I work collaboratively, equitably, and diligently. And I get things done.